An easy way to paint the walls in a kid's room

Several years ago (and when I say several, I mean maybe a decade ago), my nephew (now 15) was obsessed with Lego's and Fisher-Price, and his favorite incarnations of these toys were pirates, castles, knights, and dragons. He's also peeled the wallpaper off the walls of his room, which had been his nursery (sorry to air the dirty laundry, sister dear). The room really needed an update. So sister dear stripped the wallpaper and put a basecoat on the walls. And over Christmas break, we got a little nutty and did this.

As for the how we did it.
  1. Rent an overhead projector or opaque projector.
  2. Find a coloring book with the images you want to use.
  3. Make copies of the page on transparency (for an overhead projector).
  4. Buy a whole bunch of acrylic paint and brushes. And Sharpies. (Much to my Mom's horror -- "how will you ever cover that up?") Don't forget the pencils.
  5. Pop the first image on the wall and determine the right size for the image. (I think ours are about 3 feet tall.) Trace it on the wall with the pencil.
  6. Repeat on the other walls with the other images.
  7. Paint sections as desired. It's like a coloring book on steroids!
  8. Once it's dry, draw outlines and fine lines using a permanent marker.

I did the pirate ship. My sister and brother-in-law did the castle. Since we started at 8pm, my nephew was supposed to be sleeping in the other room. But every once in a while, as we discussed what color certain things should be, we'd hear this little voice reminding us that the knights should be red and black, the banners should be different colors, etc. So finally, since he wasn't sleeping, we brought him in to act as color consultant.

I ran across these photos the other day in my organizing binge. The photo I'm missing is the one of the dragonslaying. They're still on the walls of his bedroom, mostly covered up with posters and furniture now. At some point, we'll have to paint over them, I know. And I'm okay with that. This was a very fun project to do, with a lot of laughter, though not at all as artistic as real mural painting. But it's a great way to add fun artwork to a child's room.


Karen said...

wow, that's awesome! :)

Eileen Bergen said...

What a cool technique and great story. You guys did a terrific job.

My mother had a wacky sense of humor. So one year for her birthday my sister and I painted pink elephants and purple alligators on the bathroom wall off the basement rec room/bar. We did it free form in oil paints. Even my dad - who didn't have such a sense of humor - thought it was pretty cool.

The elephants and alligators stayed on that wall until the house was sold about 30 years later. Makes me wonder what the new owners thought. Lol.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Handcraft category today [19 Mar 01:26pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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